Graphic novels

Maus PDF-

Below is the link to the audiobook on YouTube of Maus- It’s the best way to read it from home!

Below is the PDF of Maus-

Persepolis PDF- it has both part 1 (the book we have in class AND book 2- not requited but awesome…it could take the place of one of the other books).

American Born Chinese audiobook from YouTube-

I can’t find a pdf at this time.  If you find one, send me the link.

Questions over each- turn in as you finish each one.

Maus- answer every question

During Reading Questions for MAUS I

Persepolis questions – answer TWO questions for each chapter

Get them from me- sorry

American Born Chinese (ABC)- answer (at most) 4 questions for each chapter



Some videos about Graphic Novels-

Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud-

Chapter 1

Chapter 2- we read this one in class

Chapter 3



Narrative writing – I will grade this on Google Docs- be sure you shared with me- Should be perfect by Monday 10/7

Type final piece in Google Docs. BRING ROUGH DRAFT back to class on Monday. 

Important (you will lose points if you don’t do this)- name your document (period last name, first name)  Ex (7 Watson, Christina).

SHARE it with me at

rough draft *printed- Due – Thursday 10/3- bring a printed copy 

Final copy should be 300-500 words and in MLA format & you follow the rules of punctuation with your dialogue- see sheet below-

Dialogue Rules

Fairytale endings narrative instructions

Choose from one of the following fairytales- (if there is one you really want to explore that is not on here, see me):

  • Cinderella
  • Little Red Riding Hood
  • Rapunzel
  • Snow White
  • Sleeping Beauty
  • Rumple Stiltskin
  • Hansel and Grettle
  • Goldilocks
  • Jack and the Bean Stock
  • The Pied Piper
  • The Emperor’s New Clothes
  • Hans my Hedgehog

Below is a link to all of the stories in their “original” form (in order as seen above)- scroll down until you find your story.  Remember- you will need to have the same characters – maybe repeat something said in the story so you can see the thread of the story tying your new ending together with the old ending.

fairy tales



Fairy tales-new endings.  You will create a new ending to a classic tale.

Begin your ending at the climax.  Your first line will let us know where we are.

There are a few parameters that will be on the rubric:

  1. You must use one of the original versions from my blog or copies (class set- don’t take with you).
  2. You must have dialogue with correct use of quotations marks and punctuation.
  3. It must be in MLA format: 12 font- Times New Roman Double Spaced
  4. 300-500 words (name and title not included)
  5. Begin your narrative with a sentence that allows the reader to know the action you have started from or use an original line from the text.
  6. Keep the story in 3rd person. Keep it in past tense.
  7. Be sure that your details are consistent with plot possibilities and character dialogue is consistent with previous dialogue.
  8. Have fun with this- you will be sharing with your group. The winner of each group goes to the semi-finals!!!  Yes- there is a reward for the winner in each class. (:
  9. You must have a written rough draft that will be written at school and turned in; however, you will be sharing your typed version with me on my gmail-
  10. You must share your document with someone who will edit- they will get a peer edit grade, so they will need to edit your shared doc by Thursday.  They need to write their name at top- as well as any changes they see that need to be made (they will have a list to look for in your paper).
  11. Due date for final typed copied (shared on gmail): Friday, Oct. 4th  Late papers will receive 10 points off per day.

Welcome to 9th lit.

We will be meeting and learning about one another the first weeks.

You will need a composition book for journal writing by August 7th.

Below, you will find my syllabus:

9th LitComp syllabus – Fall 2019

Your summer reading will be explore as early as Aug.6th- If you haven’t read  Refugee by Alan Gratz, do so now and be ready.   It’s a good and rather easy read.  Pay attention to your three main characters. 

One of your first assignments will be to create a “mini me” and be able to explain the symbolism of your choices.  I will give you a template; however, the link below will give you one to work with and print out:


Below are some examples from past years.

mini mes

After your RTI- Take Personality test & Sign up for – by class

First- sign up for through the link assigned to your class.

1st period 9th grade

3rd period 9th grade

7th period 9th lit.

Then- take the personality test on the following link- There is something to fill out responding to your personality results.



The Odyssey – Mythology Unit 4/8-5/16




Below are some resources you may need during our unit.

Below is a link to the move The Odyssey-

Below are the viewing questions for Clash of gods Documentary (seen below)


Below is a link to the History Channel documentary of Odysseus – part two will be the next thread into the YouTube choice.

Below is a great review video over The Odyssey:

Text of The Odyssey: